October 17, 2014
The midterm elections are upon us, and with more stories about politicians making it harder for people to register and vote, we thought it would be a good time to invite local author John Byrne Barry to talk about his novel — Bones in the Wash: Politics is Tough. Family is Tougher — set during the 2008 presidential campaign in New Mexico.
Click here for information about location and time.
July 22, 2014
Events, Member Events, Member News, Workshops
California Writers Club, feedback, reading, writers' club
Open Mic for Members – Bring a Work in Progress
Details: Come to share orally part of a story, article, essay, memoir, or other prose. You will have a few minutes to read a section (depending on how many participate). Time will be allotted to accommodate as many people as possible. If you want to read, sign in when you arrive.
- Plot problems?
- Weak character?
- Undeveloped scene?
- Unenticing opening?
- Unclear purpose in your nonfiction?
- Other problems?
This is an opportunity to use a microphone and let other writers hear a part of your work. Listeners often hear problems in a work that the writer may miss. You can ask for feedback or not (your choice). If you want to read without feedback, that’s fine. If you choose to receive some feedback, you get to hear what listeners think works in your piece (positive feedback first), and what doesn’t (suggestions for improvement). The feedback is given in a supportive environment with other writers who are working to improve their writing.
Maybe you have a finished piece and you want to share a snippet of your success with us. That’s fine too.
When: Saturday, August 2
Where: Oakland Public Library – Main, 125 14th Street, Bradley C. Walters Community Room (same location as our 3rd Sunday meetings), entrance directly to meeting room from Madison Street
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Break time for mingling and refreshments
Hope to see you there!
June 16, 2014
annual, litcake, Open Mic, picnic, writers' club
On July 19th, writers from all over California will flock to Joaquin Miller’s back yard for good food and good stories, wondering: WHO will take home the coveted Golden Fork Award this year?
Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Veggie Burgers and condiments are provided by the club. Please bring a dish to share. Bring something to read at the Open Mic. And don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes for your annual pilgrimage to the cascades!
Who: Members from all over the state (personal guests are welcome).
When: Saturday July 19, 2014, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: The Fire Circle in Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland.
One of last year’s funniest “LitCakes” by Teresa LeYung-Ryan
Questions: Contact Linda Brown 510-530-1261
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June 10, 2014
Today is the last day to nominate new leaders for the 2014-2015 year!
Have you made a nomination yet? You can even nominate yourself, of course! Leadership requires time and dedication, but you will grow as a writer, and you will get plenty of support.
Please send nominations to Nazreen Kadir.
Elections will be held on June 28th.
1. President – Chair of Executive Committee
2. Vice-President – Chair of Public Relations Committee
3. Treasurer – Chair of Finance Committee
4. Secretary – member of Executive Committee
“All officers are responsible for setting a tone of engagement and for encouraging a harmonious and collaborative operation, both in meetings and associated communication.” (CWC-BB Policy and Procedures)
A message from Nazreen, who has volunteered to manage the election: “Every writer wishes to focus on his/her writing. However, the future of the Berkeley Branch should be of interest to all members. Our board is dearly in need of what they call, in the business, “fresh blood.” Every member should serve on at least one committee. Newer members have an opportunity to serve with and learn from those who have served before and are willing to mentor and pass the baton.”
More Information about the Club and Leadership Positions can be found here.